WHO forecast: by 2040, one in ten will have diabetes
The seminar was attended by more than 120 health professionals in the field of endocrinology, endocrinologists and therapists who are directly involved in teaching the self-control of patients with diabetes.
The problem of diabetes mellitus is relevant and poses a number of tasks for the country’s medicine. The most important of these are: achieving glycemic control by patients with diabetes mellitus and teaching such patients the basic approaches aimed at compensating for their disease and preventing complications. Using a meter is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to control your blood sugar. More than 120 healthcare professionals attended the workshop. These are leading specialists in the field of endocrinology, endocrinologists and therapists who are directly involved in teaching the self-control of patients with diabetes.
“In 2015, about 415 million people with diabetes mellitus were recorded in the world. 93% of them have type 2 diabetes. This figure is projected to rise to 642 million by 2040, meaning 1 in 10 adults worldwide will have diabetes. And although a lot of effort is invested in treatment and prevention in our country, Belarus is no exception, ” Alla Shepelkevich , Professor of the Department of Endocrinology of the Belarusian State Medical University, Chief Freelance Endocrinologist of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus, Doctor of Medical Sciences, began her speech with disappointing statistics .
Doctors are convinced that a person’s lifestyle is one of the main risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. It also affects the quality of life of people with diabetes. Alla Shepelkevich said that, for example, the life expectancy of men with diabetes who are registered and monitor their health is 5 years longer than men without diabetes. The thing is that the former are more scrupulous about their health.
During the seminar, the doctor, administrator of the endocrinology clinic of the Lithuanian University of Health in Kaunas, Vladimir Petrenko, shared the peculiarities of diabetic care for patients after the reform of the healthcare system in Lithuania . He told how financing is carried out in the Lithuanian health system, and also focused on how important it is to work not only with patients with diabetes, but also to teach their relatives how to behave in critical moments.
Principles of schools for patients with diabetes mellitus in Lithuania shared Virginia Bulikayte – chairman of medsester- diabetologists Lithuania medsestra- diabetologist Endocrinology Department of Clinical Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health, Kaunas.
In Lithuania, the number of people who go to school for diabetes patients is growing every year. All schools work according to the same program, in addition to training as nurses, therapeutic pedicure and foot care are provided. The most demanded service is a pedicure, in 2015 it was received by about 10 thousand people. A consultation at a school for patients with diabetes mellitus takes about an hour, and this is much more time than a doctor can devote to a patient during a consultation.
At the end of the seminar, the participants had the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers, share their opinions. Diabetes mellitus is a dangerous disease. The value of sharing experiences with peers and learning about innovative blood sugar measurement systems that can improve the lives of people with diabetes cannot be overemphasized.